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Blessing Not Burden | May 04, 2018
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The right to go, the right to stay—migrants worldwide have rights. Unfortunately, as the world witnesses the greatest displacement of people in modern history, nearly 66 million individuals’ only choice is to go. As Christians, we desire that all people and communities flourish as God intends for us and for families to be together. As we advocate for people’s rights to asylum and legal status in the United States, it’s also critical that we advocate for policies that address the root causes of migration that force people to leave, including violence, inequality, climate change, and corruption.

Instead of increasing funding that forcibly separates families through inhumane immigration detention and deportation of individuals back to dangerous conditions—in many cases to the same situation that compelled them to leave their home—we can support programs that give families the choice to stay in the countries they call home.

Ask Congress to address the root causes of forced migration.

Join Our Team!

Are you passionate about the church being informed about immigration and engaged in advocacy? You can be an important part of this work through applying to be an immigration regional organizer! We’re partnering with the Reformed Church in American to work with individuals in specific regions to develop relationships with area congregations to gain a deeper understanding of immigration through education, worship, advocacy, and local connections. A stipend is offered for this temporary, part-time position. Consider applying or sharing this announcement with individuals who may be interested.

If you are located in the following regions, learn more and apply here: Denver, Chicago, PellaNW Iowa, California

To Stop Migrant Caravans, We Need to Maintain U.S. Aid to Honduras

Kurt Verbeek from the Association For a More Just Society shares why U.S. funding helps address root causes of migration:“U.S. assistance isn't charity, nor is it a gift to Honduras. It is an investment in preventing the country from sliding backward. It is in the U.S. national interest to keep supporting efforts to reduce violence, improve governance and create economic opportunities so that Hondurans see their future not in the United States, but in a stable and safe Honduras.” Continue reading »

World Refugee Day Toolkit

Between 2016 and 2018, the number of Muslim refugees arriving to the U.S. dropped by 91%. Refugee resettlement agencies across the country are being forced to shut down because of low refugee admission numbers. In the midst of the world’s great refugee crisis, as Christians, how can we respond?

June 20 is World Refugee Day! This June we are encouraging congregations and communities to remember refugees worldwide and take action. Pre-order our World Refugee Day toolkit here: bit.ly/refugeetoolkit.

Congregations Partnering With OSJ

There are four important ways a church can get more involved with immigration work: learning and sharing the myths and facts, reflecting a care for immigrants during worship, having meaningful connections with immigrant communities and organizations, and effectively advocating for more just policies. So far in 2018, 15 churches have hosted the Church Between Borders workshop or other educational events for people to learn more about our broken immigration system and how we can advocate for justice. Learn more how we can partner together here: Let's Partner! »

Refugee Resettlement a Beautiful, ‘God-Sized’ Challenge

For decades, CRC congregations across North America have responded to the call to practice philoxenia-- welcoming the stranger. After waiting for years, Oakland CRC in Hamilton, MI just co-sponsored a family of ten from the Congo! Check out their journey that led them toward participating in refugee resettlement through Bethany Christian Services. “It was a tall order, but the members who had signed up two years earlier to volunteer,” said Swieringa, “were sure that this was God’s plan and that the series of sermons that were preached over the past nine months had prepared us, God helping us, for this God-sized assignment.””
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Immigration in the News

You may have heard news regarding DACA in recent weeks, but it’s important to note that Congress still has not acted to create a solution for the temporary program, leaving Dreamers in limbo. Last week, a federal judge gave the Trump administration 90 days to give a more substantial argument for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program or the program would continue in full swing, forcing DHS to process both new applications and renewals. This week, seven states sued the Trump administration because it has yet to successfully terminate the program. Up to this date, DACA recipients can continue to apply for renewals but no new applicants are being considered.

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